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Fernando Verdasco out of French Open for positive COVID test

Tennis: US Open

Aug 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Fernando Verdasco of Spain between games playing Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina (not pictured) in a third round match on day five of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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PARIS -- Former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco was dropped from the French Open because of what he believes is a false positive for COVID-19.

The 36-year-old from Spain had played in 67 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments until missing this year’s U.S. Open.

Verdasco wrote Friday on Twitter - two days before play begins at Roland Garros - that he had COVID-19 in August and did not have symptoms. He said that was followed by negative results until he tested positive this week.

Verdasco said he asked for another test, but French Open organizers refused. He said he took other, unofficial tests on his own that came up negative.

“It makes me sad and feeling absolutely frustrated,” Verdasco wrote.

He was a semifinalist at the 2009 Australian Open and is currently ranked 58th.